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 Boetius a Bolswert



Boetius a Bolswert        Pages: 1

(b Bolsward, c. 1580; d Brussels, 25 March 1633).

His first dated engraving, Interior of the Exchange in Amsterdam (1609; Hollstein, no. 362), was published by the Amsterdam publisher Michiel Colyn ( fl c. 1609). Boetius Bolswert executed four engravings of the Horrors of the Spanish War after David Vinckboons (1610; Hollstein, nos 314–17) and several series after Abraham Bloemaert, with whom he must have had a close relationship (e.g. Pastorals, 1611; Hollstein, nos 324–37, and Saints and Hermits, 1612; Hollstein, nos 96–119). In his technique, he conscientiously conveyed the sketchy and mannered style of Bloemaert. In large landscapes after Vinckboons and Gillis van Coninxloo III, Bolswert used a denser, more diffuse style (e.g. Village Fair on a Market-place, Hollstein, no. 321). In 1615 and 1616 the Dutch States-General licensed Boetius to produce portraits after Michiel Mierevelt.


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